Promise to the Reef
Make a small promise with a big impact
With every year that passes we see the increasing impacts of climate change on our oceans and fear for the future of coral reefs. But we can still save our seas if we act together, and if we act now.
The UN global target is to limit warming of our planet to less than 2° C above pre-industrial temperatures. However, to save coral reefs we need to limit global warming to 1.5° C above pre-industrial levels. We can do this if we reduce our current level of emissions by 70% by 2050 and build a zero emissions future by 2100. This takes effort across all levels of society (from government and businesses to each of us).
If every person reduced their greenhouse gas emissions by one tonne this year we would save the world from over seven billion tonnes of greenhouse gases. That would reduce our global yearly emission by approximately 20%.
Make your promise with us today and reduce your greenhouse gas emissions this year. Commit to one of these actions and choose a positive future for our reefs and planet:
Dispose of disposables
Say no to unnecessary purchases, ditch disposable plastics and recycle
“I promise to save one tonne of CO2 emissions per year by cutting single use plastic bags from my life, reducing and re-using plastics, and saying yes to recycling and recycled products”
Pull the plug on climate change
Reduce your household energy consumption, turn off the taps and switches, turn down the heat and say yes to efficiency
“I promise to turn the heating down by 2° C (or the air conditioning up by 2° C), switch electronics off at the socket, turn the light off when I leave a room and install energy efficient appliances in my home”
Invest in alternatives
Change to an energy provider that invests in alternative, sustainable energy options or power your home with solar panels
“I promise to support renewable energy initiatives, cut my emissions by one tonne per year by installing household photovoltaic solar panels or moving to an alternative energy provider”
Support the sustainable
From food to a new pair of pants, your purchasing choices make a difference
“I promise to choose ethically-sourced, local products wherever possible, reducing production emissions and destructive land-use practices”
Less meat, less heat
Cut down on the amount of meat you eat and aim to limit your food miles by buying local produce
Spread the reef love
Sign a petition, write a letter and share with the people around you the wonders of coral reefs and importance of tackling climate change to save them
See the woods for the trees, help prevent habitat loss and support ecosystems that can soak up our CO2 through conservation or offsetting initiatives
Driver of change
Choose a sociable bus ride, a communal commute, get back on that bicycle and smell the fresh air
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